Truckee arson suspect to enter plea June 22

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE and#8212; The Truckee woman arrested for allegedly burning her home and business is expected to enter a plea on Monday, June 22.

Dr. Erinn Tamney Randall, 38, who has been charged with two counts of arson, was appointed a public defender Monday morning, said Deputy District Attorney Bill Cornell.

and#8220;The charges are two counts of arson,and#8221; he said. and#8220;There are also pending charges in Sierra County.and#8221;

Randall was to enter a plea at an arraignment this week, but it was extended to Monday, June 22, Cornell said.

and#8220;She remains in custody on $1 million bail,and#8221; Cornell said.

Randall was arrested in the first week of June for two fires and#8212; one at a home she owns in Glenshire, the other for her chiropractic office downtown. Another building in Loyalton that Randall had a business and a living space also burned that week.

In a previous interview, Truckee Police Lt. Randy Fenn said it was evident that both fires were arsons early in the investigation, which included Truckee Fire Protection District, CalFire, Truckee Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Randall could be tried separately in Nevada and Sierra counties, all three counts could be tried in Nevada or the case could be taken to the federal level, Cornell said.

and#8220;Because of the multiple county allegations over a relatively short period of time and the fact that it was a fire and#8212; fire is a very scary thing in this part of the state and#8212; the feds may take interest,and#8221; Cornell said.

Truckee Police Lt. Randy Fenn said many of the police department’s investigators got pulled away from the investigation into the April 30 homicide of Beverly Beatrice Williams by the arson.

The investigation into the blunt force trauma death of Williams, 77, in her Tahoe Donner home is still waiting on forensic evidence processing from the California Department of Justice as well, Fenn said.

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